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Jan 10th, 2009.
Bally/Midway Service Bulletins. 100+ pages in one PDF file.
JAN 21st Update-
Centipede Documentation. Over 60 pages of memos, design docs, field test reports and other interesting information.
Jan 20th Update-
The Atari Programmers reference manual. Meant to teach new employees how to program for Atari hardware.
Jan 19th Update-
Marble Madness 2- Operators Manual.
Marble Madness Design Document.
Jan 15th,2007 Update-
Marble Madness II Field Test Report- This document explains alot about the end product, and clears up alot of rumors.
Decmeber 23rd,2007 update: Here are some new documents from the early 1970's.
Missile Command proposal document. This is the original 3 page proposal for this classic Atari game.
Prototype collections reports. Here are a bunch of early 80's collections reports for protoype games.
Steve Jobs memo for World Cup. This is a memo from Steve Jobs, the famous CEO of Apple Computer. Before Steve ran a multi-billion dollar computer empire, he worked at Atari Games. This memo details some mods to a World Cup PCB. I'm not sure if this memo is from the time before he worked for Atari, or after? Does anyone have a picture of Steve during his time at Atari?
Wars memo from Lucas Films. This document contains some funny comments
from Lucas Films on the game play proposal from Atari Games. There is a hand
written note from Mike Hally at the top.
Memo: This document describes an idea for a sequel to Star Wars
with the ability to link games together.
Person Space Wars
Proposal: This document was written by Jed Margolin. It's a game
proposal for the game that became Star Wars.
Person Space Wars
Revised Proposal: The same document as above, but revised for submission
Collection Report for 3/14/80 : This memo is a report on how well
the test games did on location. A few game names are mentioned that might
not have been heard before.
Person Tank Mockup
Drawing: This sketch is a mock up for First Person Tank, the game
that became Battlezone.
Review Report: This is a document for March 1982 that talks about
features of Warp Speed and how players felt about the game. (LINK BROKEN 1/4/07- check back later)
(new documents below were added on 1/9/02)
Wars Game Costs
Memo: How much did it cost to build each Star Wars Upright?
Here is an orginal sketch drawing for one of the BZ tanks.
This is an early draft of the Tomcat vector game proposal.
Sheet: How much did it cost to build each Missile Command Upright?
Play Ideas: Some of these ideas did not make the cut.
Ten IC Failures
on Star Wars Boards: Just like the link says.
Failure Memo- This decribes a problem with the Score and Settings
ram for Star Wars.
Memo: What did it cost to build Batlezone uprights?
- Price of Building the uprights.
Memo to management with info on the Tomcat project.
Note- This is a Field Service memo dated 7/83
(new documents below were added on 1/13/02)
This is a map of all the Atari Buildings in Sunnyvale California. At one time
Atari seemed to own the entire block.
List - this is a list of projects. The date is 11/80.
List - this is a list of projects. The date is 2/81
List - this is a list of projects. The date is 6/81
Idea Proposal: This is an early idea document for Battlezone.
This document lists the priorities for a bunch of 1980 projects.